All India General Strike

India's historic strike, Extract from Death of the Nation, LeftWord Blog

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:56
Strike action in India
Photo Manjunath Kiran

 

Dear Friends,

(1) Strike.

Last week, as many as 180 million Indian workers went out on strike. It was - by all indications - the largest strike in recorded history. Unsurprisingly, media reports of the strike have been anemic. There is a grudging recognition that this happened, but only to suggest either inconvenience or futility. There was little attempt to understand the essence of this strike and what this means for Indian politics.

In Alternet this week, my column addresses this strike. The last paragraph reads,

  • What the strike says is that India’s workers remain a

No Nos Callarán (We Will Not Be Silenced)

Submitted by admin on Fri, 09/02/2016 - 05:36

 

Chile student demonstration 2014
Photo Martin Bernetti

 

Dear Friends,

Today, as dawn breaks, over a hundred million - perhaps as many as 150 million - Indian workers will be on strike. What is this strike about? It is for workplace democracy and against the neo-liberal policy slate which is eviscerating their ability to live. This is a joint trade union strike, part of a wave that began in 2008. The message to the Indian bosses is loud and clear: workers are not subordinate, prone to the policies of the Washington Consensus.

In Alternet, I have a speculative essay - indebted to Fanon - which starts with the question of c